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Amos Otis
Center fielder
Born: April 26, 1947 (1947-04-26) (age 62)
Mobile, Alabama
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
September 6, 1967 for the New York Mets
Last MLB appearance
August 5, 1984 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Career statistics
Batting average     .277
Home runs     193
Runs batted in     1,007
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Amos Joseph Otis (born April 26, 1947 in Mobile, Alabama) is a former center fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the New York Mets (1967, 1969), Kansas City Royals (1970-1983) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1984). He batted and threw right-handed.

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Playing history

Otis was initially drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1965 as a shortstop. However, he put in some time in the outfield, third base and first base while playing in the minors. In November 1966, the Mets drafted him and jumped him all the way to Class AAA for 1967. He saw some time with the Mets late in the 1967 season, but spent 1968 in AAA again before making the major league roster for 1969.[1] The Mets recognized his potential, so much so that when the Braves asked for Otis when trying to trade Joe Torre, the Mets refused and Torre wound up going to the Cardinals instead.

However, Otis immediately clashed with Mets manager Gil Hodges, who tried to make him a third baseman. After only four games, he was sent back to the minors for a month. At the end of the season, Royals general manager Cedric Tallis sent seemingly hot third-base prospect Joe Foy to the Mets, in exchange for the young Otis.[1]

It was one of the most one-sided trades in baseball history. Foy was bogged by drug problems and was out of baseball by 1971. Meanwhile, the Royals immediately moved Otis to center field, and he became the club rock at that position for most of the 1970s. His good speed worked well with the Royals' team philosophy of speed and defense.[1] He led the American League with 52 stolen bases in 1971.

By the late 1970s and early 1980s, his fielding skills had declined somewhat and he lost his center field job to Willie Wilson. He was still an important contributor, though, hitting .478 with 3 home runs and 7 runs batted in the 1980 World Series. He spent a short time back in the National League with the Pittsburgh Pirates at the end of his career.

In a 17-season career, Otis posted a .277 batting average, with 193 home runs and 1,007 RBI in 1,998 games while stealing 341 bases.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c Neyer, Rob (2006). Rob Neyer's Big Book of Baseball Blunders. New York City: Fireside. ISBN 0743284917.  

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Preceded by
Bert Campaneris
American League Stolen Base Champion
1971
Succeeded by
Bert Campaneris
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